Non-Invasive Fat Removal Technologies – Do they work?
New non-invasive technologies offer an alternative to liposuction for fat reduction
Radiofrequency for Fat Reduction
For many people, getting rid of excess fat can be a lifelong battle. Whether it is undesirable love handles, excess fat around the knees, or flabby upper arms, pockets of fat can be difficult to reduce and sometimes diet and exercise are not enough to make a noticeable difference. Now, Dr. Slater and team are finding that the introduction of non-invasive fat removal technologies is opening the door for more people who are not candidates for liposuction to remove stubborn fat, safely and effectively.
“Most of the new technologies recently introduced for fat reduction were developed based on this knowledge and, as a result, can target specific areas of body fat using energy delivered as either heat or cold.”
Radiofrequency: A hot new way to target fat and tighten the skin
One of the newest fat reduction technologies is radiofrequency, which delivers energy to the areas of fat by driving controlled heat deep within the fat cells and subsequently destroys them. The technology is being widely used by Med-Spas with much success for people with pockets of excess fat. Since there is no downtime with this procedure, patients can resume their regular activities immediately.
“Radiofrequency is a very versatile procedure that can be used on any area of the body – from large areas like the abdomen to smaller areas such as the arms – with the same degree of success,” says Dr. Slater. “For people who are not considered overweight but have stubborn pockets of unwanted fat that are not responding to diet and exercise, radiofrequency is a good option.”
Another benefit of radiofrequency is its ability to both reduce fat and tighten the skin by directing energy to target collagen. For example, a patient with flabby upper arms may have more loose skin than fat in this area. In this instance, Dr. Slater and his team may use radiofrequency to tighten the skin first and then remove excess fat. However, if he determines that there is mostly fat in an area, he would remove the fat first and then tighten the skin afterward.
Ultrasound: Starting to make waves in fat reduction
Ultrasound, using high-intensity, focused ultrasonic waves (sound waves) to cause destruction and leakage of fat cells, is being investigated for fat reduction. Similar to other non-invasive procedures used for fat reduction, the ultrasound energy penetrates through the skin layers into the targeted fat without harming skin or surrounding tissues. Dr. Slater explained that the difference with ultrasound is that it involves the mechanical destruction of fat cells that dissolve gradually rather than destruction by temperature extremes.
Results still require patience but you can use this technology to achieve fat reduction